The Eagles are fresh in the beginning stages of a roster rebuild and with any teardown, there are essential building blocks that become the core of any roster.
Pro Football Focus recently looked at three players to build around for all 32 NFL franchises.
In Philadelphia, that trio consisted of wide receiver DeVonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert and defensive tackle, Fletcher Cox.
WR DeVonta Smith
TE Dallas Goedert
DI Fletcher Cox
Many of Philadelphia’s talented players — Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Brandon Graham, and Darius Slay, to name a few — find themselves on the wrong side of 30 years old. Cox does, too, but he plays an interior position that tends to age more gracefully than most. His 194 pressures since 2018 are second to only Aaron Donald among interior defensive linemen.
The passing game has its concerns heading into the 2021 season with Jalen Hurts at quarterback, but Smith and Goedert should provide a solid foundation for the receiving corps. Smith is one of the best route-runners to come out of college in recent years. Meanwhile, Goedert is the only tight end in the NFL with receiving and run-blocking grades of 80.0 or higher since 2018.
Cox is the oldest of the trio, but he’s a staple of this organization and should finish his career with the Eagles.
PFF provided three building blocks, but we wanted to add seven more that lead Philadelphia into the next five years.